Implementing the Social Security Code, 2020, and bringing the maximum number of workers into the scope of social security schemes were top priorities of the government, according to Labor and Employment Minister Bhupender Yadav.
Mr. Yadav told
Hindus Tuesday that the focus on expanding social security schemes would be discussed during the Employees’ State Insurance Company’s meeting on Friday. Mr. Yadav, who was inducted into the cabinet during the July enlargement, said the task for him and the ministry would be to ensure that the benefits of the Social Security Code “reach the poor and oppressed”. Among the features of the Social Security Code is the extension of benefits under the Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) to concert and platform workers.
“The need of the hour is that a large number of workers should be covered by social security schemes,” said Mr. Yadav.
The Social Security Code, which together with the codes on pay, working conditions and occupational safety were adopted in 2019 and 2020, has yet to be implemented, as the rules in the law have not been notified. Asked when the four labor laws would be implemented, Yadav declined to comment on a timeline.
According to Labor sources, the rules under the four codes are ready to be notified and states are in the process of notifying their own rules for the same. Earlier this year, Labor and Employment Minister Apurva Chandra had said the rules would be ready by April 1st. Officials have since not commented on when the rules will be announced. A ministerial source said that once they have been notified, the rules will take some time to be implemented and employers are likely to have three months to comply with the regulations.